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     PCI Express 3.0 for Ivy Bridge
      Posted on 01/04/2011 at 21:02 by Guillaume
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    Semi Accurate have just published a slide from the Intel roadmap. The slide confirms the rumour that Ivy Bridge processors (the 22nm version of the current Sandy Bridge launched in January and expected for the beginning of 2012), will be PCI Express 3.0 compatible.


    The slide also confirms other more or less anticipated details, such as native support for USB 3.0 (at last!) in the series 7 chipset designed for Ivy Bridge. The graphics chip is also moving forward, with DirectX 11 support (finally! – the Sandy Bridge core only supports DirectX 10.1). No confirmation has been given however of another rumour propogated by Semi Accurate, namely the inclusion of memory for the graphics part of the processer directly in the package. Perhaps this is to correct the performance problem that we remarked on in our test earlier this year when the processor part and graphics part are both pushed hard at the same time. Intel confirmed that they were able to reproduce this problem, without however being able to give us an explanation (saturation of the ring-bus being a plausible hypothesis).



     CFX profile for Crysis 2... or almost!
      Posted on 01/04/2011 at 20:15 by Guillaume
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    In our article on the performance of graphics cards in Crysis 2, we highlighted the lack of CrossfireX support in AMD drivers one week after the international release of the game.


    AMD has however just corrected this issue, a crime for FPS game enthusiasts, by publishing a CAP (Catalyst Application Profile) that brings support for the game. Only the Steam version of the game is supported however, with AMD still working on a profile for support for all versions. It almost seems like an April Fool’s! The download is nevertheless available on AMD's site.



     TriDef 3D 4.5
      Posted on 01/04/2011 at 20:06 by Guillaume
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    The stereo 3D software alternative for PC has just been updated to version 4.5. Pushed by AMD as the solution to enjoy stereo 3D on its graphics cards (NVIDIA has its own solutions, 3D Vision and 3DTV Play, even though the TriDef solution is also compatible with GeForces), this version brings a few improvements with respect to certain technologies, particularly autofocus that we found particularly troublesome in our report on stereoscopy. There are also new profiles for titles such as Dragon Age 2, Bulletstorm, Need For Speed hot Pursuit and Assasin’s Creed Brotherhood. Crysis 2 hasn’t made it on this version. Downloads for version 4.5 can be found on TriDef’s site.



     25nm SSDs from G.Skill
      Posted on 01/04/2011 at 15:41 by Guillaume
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    G.Skill has launched some new SSDs based on memory chips engraved at 25nm. To avoid the sort of confusion there was with OCZ SSDs, the suffix EVO has been added to the Phoenix label to help distinguish the new models clearly.


    25nm memory chips require a little more overprovisionning than 34nm chips, but G.Skill takes this difference into account with the first model in the range now announced at 115GB (which would have corresponded to a 120 GB model at 34nm, a problem we brought up here). Note that G.Skill is still using a SandForce 1222 Serial ATA II (3Gb/s) compatible chipset for these drives which have been announced with sequential speeds of 280 and 270 MB/s for reads and writes.



     Crysis 2: performance across 45 graphics cards!
      Posted on 01/04/2011 at 00:00 by Damien
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    Much anticipated, Crysis 2 arrived last week. Although currently limited to Direct3D 9, we wanted to observe performance at 1080p, with and without 3D Vision, in the three quality modes on offer and all this across no less than 45 graphics cards!



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